With a game-like atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Squid Game has become Netflix’s latest hit sensation and has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Every now and then, Netflix is able to produce a massive smash that everyone is talking about. Netflix’s very own Squid Game has become the next viral craze. The show is currently the most watched piece of entertainment on the popular streaming service in more than 80 countries, according to data from Nielsen. And it’s no wonder that Netflix is the market leader in this area.
Netflix is dominated by the Squid Game.
Occasionally, Netflix produces something that far exceeds all expectations, and Squid Game is one of those rare occasions. Korean television shows are the most watched content on Netflix, according to FlixPatrol, which monitors streaming services in more than 80 countries across the world (including the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). The show first aired on November 17 and has been a dominant force in the industry ever since. To be relevant in the first place, especially in the face of such fierce competition, is quite an accomplishment. Even more so when it is so widespread around the world.
Even more noteworthy is the fact that Squid Game makes extensive use of a well-known framework in a variety of ways. Check to see if it brings to mind anything in particular: Four hundred fifty-six persons participate in a lethal (children’s) game in which there are two types of players. The prize money will be enormous, and the winner will receive it all. The loser is put to death.
The concept also has several distinguishing characteristics of Fortnite, for example, the formerly enormously popular game that helped to establish the battle royale genre as a mainstream phenomenon. The genre was inspired by a Japanese film of the same name that was released in 2000.